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CORAF-WECARD/IITA research grant for agricultural research for development

May 28, 2015
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The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through the CORAF/WECARD and IITA is financing a research grants programme on agricultural research for development for African graduate students. The programme’s objective is to improve the institutional capacity of National Agricultural Research System in the targeted countries through the increased number and quality of qualified agricultural science graduates capable of identifying, generating and disseminating research outputs that meet the needs of smallholder farmers and other actors in the food chains. 

This Programme is mainly a coaching programme. It aims to provide support to select awardees at the point that students have completed all course work and are preparing the dissertation proposal. In preparation for this critical task, IITA scientists and the national supervisors will coach the students to help them achieve their professional goals. The coaching and training will focus on developing research knowledge and skills that complement the material provided by their respective university’s programmes while supporting their research objectives. This will involve bringing students to IITA hubs to work on their research projects and developing their skills and competency and establishing them as scholars in their fields. Grants will be provided to a total of 20 individuals in 2015 (12 MSc and 8 PhD).

Research subject areas

  • Sustainable intensification including soil fertility;
  • Crop protection; and
  • Post-harvest innovation systems.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a citizen of the eligible countries: Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Togo;
  • Applicants must be currently registered in a PhD. or master program in recognised universities;
  • Applicants must not be more than 40 years old at the time of application;
  • Applicants must complete their course work at university in 2015.

Each country will receive five scholarships (3 Master and 2 PhD). The grant program applications are particularly encouraged from women.


All applications must be sent to and copied to the following depending on your nationalities:

  • Chad nationals - and/or
  • Democratic Republic of Congo nationals – at and
  • Sierra Leone nationals - at
  • Togo nationals -

For more information on the selection criteria, terms and conditions for the submission of candidatures and benefits offered, please read the full announcement and application form attached below (available in English and French). 

The deadline for application is 30 June 2015.


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